Social scientists are motivated to understand how various facets of society influence all sorts of behavior. Individual’s perceptions about their significance in a given community can have meaningful effects on the way in which we look to communities to develop and foster democratic values and promote civic engagement.
In her workshop, Dr. Anderson will take participants through her interdisciplinary approach to studying communities and political behavior, blending the fields of community psychology, sociology, and political science. She will draw on her research into community identity, focusing specifically on how community comes to influence political behavior.
We know from previous research that the context in which an individual interacts influences his/her political behaviors and attitudes. With this in mind, Dr. Anderson will explore the two major questions of her research, 1) how does sense of community influence political behavior and attitudes? and 2) what impact—if any—does involvement in multiple contexts have on political behavior and attitudes?